Columbia Police Department appoints LGBT liaison
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department announced it will have a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Liaison. CPD said it created the position because it wants to bridge gaps between the department and members of the LGBT community.
Officer Clint Sinclair will consult with other officers on cases involving LGBT issues, train department members on LGBT topics and attend LGBT community events as a CPD representative. These duties will be in addition to his role in the DWI Unit.
“I’m excited. I think it’s a great step for the department to be taking and for the city of Columbia,” Sinclair said.
Sinclair said he will serve as a reliable source, if need be, when dealing with the LGBT community.
“The City of Columbia has a large LGBT community. For law enforcement, this group presents new and unique challenges, which many officers may not understand how to address and resolve,” Sinclair said.
Police Chief Ken Burton said the liaison position will give the department an opportunity to strengthen communication with the public.
The position had been discussed between Sinclair and police administration for months before they finally come up with a program that the department could manage, Sinclair said. The department plans to expand the program in the future depending on the progress, he said.
“I think this it’s a great step for the Columbia Police Department to be taking, and we hope to facilitate more open and honest communication with the LGBT community and provide them the same great service that we provide every citizen of Columbia,” Sinclair said.
He has worked for CPD for six years.